Plans for Sainsbury's third Colchester store unveiled

Gazette: Plans for Sainsbury's third Colchester store unveiled Plans for Sainsbury's third Colchester store unveiled

DETAILED blueprints have been unveiled for Sainsbury’s third store in Colchester.

A health centre has been included in the “multi-million pound” scheme on the existing B&Q site in Lightship Way, the Hythe.

The plans were revealed firstly to business representatives and then to the general public this weekend.

A health centre, including an opticians, dental and hearing services, would be included in the 73,000 sq ft store.

It could be run separately by MEE Healthcare, a private company.

The store would go on the existing B&Q footprint with the creation of 450 jobs, of which 150 would be full-time.

There would be 548 car parking spaces and access to the site would remain where it is now but modified slightly.

Proposed opening times will generally be from 7am to 11pm and there will be eight to ten deliveries to the store per day, the meeting was told.

A planning application for the store will be submitted to Colchester Council in mid-March with a decision expected in the summer.

See Monday's Gazette for more details and public reaction

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8:08am Mon 10 Feb 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

the company already has two stores in colchester one of them boasted as their largest in the country...or one of them.

where is the variety or competition? Morrisons.....Lidl..
...???

Tesco's opening up tumultuous branches in the town and now this proposed third branch of the orange order, it is staggering the lack of foresight and vision that town planners have...

the argument put forward on another business post by Monsieur jephcott about espousing and encouraging business in the town is a fair one but at what price and with what particular goal or ethos in mind.

one would suggest are we being treated like drone shoppers that is no variety no point of view no opinion to have different choices
why so much of one thing, type or style on offer and little or nothing of what else is available?
if you wish to conspiracy theorize the whole thing does have an odor to it.

where is B&Q going by the way?
the company already has two stores in colchester one of them boasted as their largest in the country...or one of them. where is the variety or competition? Morrisons.....Lidl.. ...??? Tesco's opening up tumultuous branches in the town and now this proposed third branch of the orange order, it is staggering the lack of foresight and vision that town planners have... the argument put forward on another business post by Monsieur jephcott about espousing and encouraging business in the town is a fair one but at what price and with what particular goal or ethos in mind. one would suggest are we being treated like drone shoppers that is no variety no point of view no opinion to have different choices why so much of one thing, type or style on offer and little or nothing of what else is available? if you wish to conspiracy theorize the whole thing does have an odor to it. where is B&Q going by the way? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 6

9:29am Mon 10 Feb 14

mirokou says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
the company already has two stores in colchester one of them boasted as their largest in the country...or one of them.

where is the variety or competition? Morrisons.....Lidl..

...???

Tesco's opening up tumultuous branches in the town and now this proposed third branch of the orange order, it is staggering the lack of foresight and vision that town planners have...

the argument put forward on another business post by Monsieur jephcott about espousing and encouraging business in the town is a fair one but at what price and with what particular goal or ethos in mind.

one would suggest are we being treated like drone shoppers that is no variety no point of view no opinion to have different choices
why so much of one thing, type or style on offer and little or nothing of what else is available?
if you wish to conspiracy theorize the whole thing does have an odor to it.

where is B&Q going by the way?
B&Q will be going to the old Sainsburys site in Tollgate.. There was a two year ban on any planning development in place when Sainsburys moved from the old to new site.. B&Q always wanted this side of town but were refused permission because of the store on the Hythe.. Rumour control says they were not happy with the Hythe due to vehicle access etc but had to go somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: the company already has two stores in colchester one of them boasted as their largest in the country...or one of them. where is the variety or competition? Morrisons.....Lidl.. ...??? Tesco's opening up tumultuous branches in the town and now this proposed third branch of the orange order, it is staggering the lack of foresight and vision that town planners have... the argument put forward on another business post by Monsieur jephcott about espousing and encouraging business in the town is a fair one but at what price and with what particular goal or ethos in mind. one would suggest are we being treated like drone shoppers that is no variety no point of view no opinion to have different choices why so much of one thing, type or style on offer and little or nothing of what else is available? if you wish to conspiracy theorize the whole thing does have an odor to it. where is B&Q going by the way?[/p][/quote]B&Q will be going to the old Sainsburys site in Tollgate.. There was a two year ban on any planning development in place when Sainsburys moved from the old to new site.. B&Q always wanted this side of town but were refused permission because of the store on the Hythe.. Rumour control says they were not happy with the Hythe due to vehicle access etc but had to go somewhere. mirokou
  • Score: 7

10:00am Mon 10 Feb 14

andy0liver says...

B&Q say they are still looking for a site, or if they have found one they are not telling. If they had secured a site at Tollgate - the old Sainsburys' site, for instance - surely there would be planning permission applied for, or pending, and the public (and most importantly, workers at B&Q) would know?
The current B&Q site was originally developed as a "Destination" store, and for many years ran very successfully as such. However, retail habits change and with the development of out of town sites, such as Tollgate, the company recognises the need to be part of the larger "Shopping Village" model.
As for complaining that Colchester doesn't need another supermarket? We get the shopping experience we deserve, I'm afraid; the more we shop once a week at a supermarket, the more companies believe this is what we want and respond appropriately (your club card is not just there for your benefit, remember); shop two or three times a week at small independent retailers and market stall holders and maybe, just maybe, we can reclaim town centres from chain pubs and kebab shops; we all have a choice, we all have a responsibility, think about it while you're stuck in gridlock at either end of town and between
B&Q say they are still looking for a site, or if they have found one they are not telling. If they had secured a site at Tollgate - the old Sainsburys' site, for instance - surely there would be planning permission applied for, or pending, and the public (and most importantly, workers at B&Q) would know? The current B&Q site was originally developed as a "Destination" store, and for many years ran very successfully as such. However, retail habits change and with the development of out of town sites, such as Tollgate, the company recognises the need to be part of the larger "Shopping Village" model. As for complaining that Colchester doesn't need another supermarket? We get the shopping experience we deserve, I'm afraid; the more we shop once a week at a supermarket, the more companies believe this is what we want and respond appropriately (your club card is not just there for your benefit, remember); shop two or three times a week at small independent retailers and market stall holders and maybe, just maybe, we can reclaim town centres from chain pubs and kebab shops; we all have a choice, we all have a responsibility, think about it while you're stuck in gridlock at either end of town and between andy0liver
  • Score: 12

11:42am Mon 10 Feb 14

Checkout says...

I'd have thought that there would be a parking issue at this new store with it having only 548 parking spaces, the Tollgate store has nearly 900 places and the car park is usually pretty full. B&Q would make a welcome addition to Tollgate, I hope they do relocate there,
I'd have thought that there would be a parking issue at this new store with it having only 548 parking spaces, the Tollgate store has nearly 900 places and the car park is usually pretty full. B&Q would make a welcome addition to Tollgate, I hope they do relocate there, Checkout
  • Score: 5

11:46am Mon 10 Feb 14

romantic says...

Andy Oliver is absolutely correct. Supermarkets build more stores because people go there. If people drive past the smaller shops to the big stores, in the end the smaller shops will fold. I am lucky enough to live near the centre of town, and can go to the butchers, the grocers, the fishmongers, the market stalls. Such places are still tucked away here and there outside the town centre, but it is very much a case of use it or lose it. If they are gone, all that will be left is the supermarkets.

Ultimately, we, as a people, decide what we want. The huge stores certainly offer a wider choice. In terms of value for money, the grocer and butcher win hands down.

It will be a shame to see B & Q go, as they normally seem to have what I need. It seems odd that they would close without having a new store lined up - unless it's a way to offload all the staff and then re-interview for the new place. Historically, B & Q have been known as pretty good employers, so let's hope it's not as cynically done as that, if this is the planned move.
Andy Oliver is absolutely correct. Supermarkets build more stores because people go there. If people drive past the smaller shops to the big stores, in the end the smaller shops will fold. I am lucky enough to live near the centre of town, and can go to the butchers, the grocers, the fishmongers, the market stalls. Such places are still tucked away here and there outside the town centre, but it is very much a case of use it or lose it. If they are gone, all that will be left is the supermarkets. Ultimately, we, as a people, decide what we want. The huge stores certainly offer a wider choice. In terms of value for money, the grocer and butcher win hands down. It will be a shame to see B & Q go, as they normally seem to have what I need. It seems odd that they would close without having a new store lined up - unless it's a way to offload all the staff and then re-interview for the new place. Historically, B & Q have been known as pretty good employers, so let's hope it's not as cynically done as that, if this is the planned move. romantic
  • Score: 4

3:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

suzywright says...

B&Q won't be going to Tollgate - unless Homebase closes down and it moves in there!
B&Q won't be going to Tollgate - unless Homebase closes down and it moves in there! suzywright
  • Score: -3

12:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Field Marshal Sprocket says...

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  • Score: -1

1:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

B&Q owner Kingfisher have confirmed they plan to reduce the size of many stores against a profits fall in 2012/13. Reports have also confirmed many larger stores are tied into expensive lease agreements and B&Q are attempting to consolidate their portfolio, where stores are not performing.
B&Q owner Kingfisher have confirmed they plan to reduce the size of many stores against a profits fall in 2012/13. Reports have also confirmed many larger stores are tied into expensive lease agreements and B&Q are attempting to consolidate their portfolio, where stores are not performing. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Andyxyzzy says...

Looks to be about 440 spaces at present looking at Google maps, so guess the rest would go where the outdoor garden centre is now? Traffic throughfall will be much more than B&Q now and going to be challenging on the road system and Lightship way, would have thought better to remove the wall round the site and bring traffic in closer to the roundabout.
Looks to be about 440 spaces at present looking at Google maps, so guess the rest would go where the outdoor garden centre is now? Traffic throughfall will be much more than B&Q now and going to be challenging on the road system and Lightship way, would have thought better to remove the wall round the site and bring traffic in closer to the roundabout. Andyxyzzy
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Frank Scully says...

This store will save me a 6 mile roundtrip out to Stanway and give the scruffy Hythe Tesco some competition.
This store will save me a 6 mile roundtrip out to Stanway and give the scruffy Hythe Tesco some competition. Frank Scully
  • Score: 2

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